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Williams H Melvin Lifetime Fitness and Wellness4th edition McGraw-Hill Companies Inc 1996 In this paper we will be discussing wellness and the information relative to this subject Wellness is defined as the overall health of an individual There are many points of wellness to discuss such as the WellnessIllness Continuum 5 Domains of Wellness Chronological Age vs Fundamental Age risk factors statistics and other such information The WellnessIllness Contimuum explains with a diagram the health of society as a whole In between Optimal Health and Pre-mature Death bad health is the inferior point At 50 of the population this is the average health of society This is considered normal but borderline health anything below this point is considered abnormally bad At the top of the diagram under Optimal Health it shows that 35 of the population is in abnormally good healthshape the 10 of society mostly athletes are in premium health while the other 25 are in regular healthshape The following domains of wellness are key to accomplish total health The first is the social domain and this is concerned with the development of personal relationships with family and friends Next is the emotional domain which is concerned with the development of self-confidence the ability to handle stress and express emotions The third domain is-physical which is defined as the ability to exercise properly to eat healthy and to avoid high risk behavior such as smoking The 4th is the intellectual domain---the ability to think critically to identify and solve problems Last but not least is the spiritual domain concerned with finding meaning and purpose in life We will now discuss aging and health risk factors There are two types of aging Chronological and functional The Chronological age represents the passage of time This is our actual age in years The Functional age represents the capacity of the body to perform certain specific tasks and is usually evaluated in a variety of ways
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